QuantumFlush wrote:Thanks bfollinprm. So you're saying that an MS from a US university is better for me than a bachelor's from an Indian university, far as grad school admissions are concerned?
Also anyone know about physics masters programs in Canada(UToronto, QueensU etc)? Entry requirements, reputation etc?
Canadian physics masters programs generally require the equivalent of a 4-year honours BSc degree. An honours BSc degree in Canada usually requires a thesis project in your final year, and some other requirements (some schools require you take 1 grad level course, some schools have a minimum courseload/average etc.). The BSc degree does not have to be in Physics, but I think it is preferred.
The minimum grades to get in a Canadian grad school is usually a 80% average in the 3rd and 4th year of undergrad. This is the minimum required by the Graduate School, usually the actual admittance average is a bit higher. But, individual departments will look at applications on a whole, so as long as you meet the minimums, deficiencies in one area can be made up in another.
One great thing about Canadian MSc degrees is that students are usually fully funded. You should note that MSc and PhD programs are completely independent in Canada, once you finish your MSc, even if you want to stay at the same school for your PhD, you have to submit a new application. However, some MSc programs allow you to "upgrade" to a PhD program after one year, provided you meet some requirements.
As for reputation: the top 3 schools are UBC, Toronto, and McGill. Waterloo is well known for its engineering programs. If you want to know more about specific schools, send me a PM!
Finally, you may want to contact specific supervisors before applying to the school. Definitely for PhD programs, some schools will only accept you if a prof is willing to guarantee funding for you. For MSc programs, with the exception of course-based masters, the course requirements are much lower than US schools (between 4-7 3-month courses over the 2 years) because you will be doing thesis research for the 2 years as well. So, for both MSc and PhD programs, if you don't have a supervisor picked before applying, generally you will pick one when you visit the school or within the first semester. Generally, the bigger the school, the more time you have to pick your supervisor.